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Frank Marshall vs Georg Marco
"100 Year Old Scotch" (game of the day May-20-2011)
Monte Carlo (1904), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 4, Feb-11
Scotch Game: Haxo Gambit (C45)  ·  1-0



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Aug-09-11  ColeTrane: check out game of the day Sydney vs Melbourne for another great scotch gambit game!
Sep-29-11  fetonzio: this game is AWFUL! although marshall´s solution to the endgame is cute
Nov-03-11  Whitehat1963: <this game is AWFUL! although marshall´s solution to the endgame is cute>

What's a GREAT game, then?

Nov-03-11  rapidcitychess: Ugh... I think I'm seeing things... Some one saying this game is awful. I need to get a cup of coffee to wake myself up.
Nov-03-11  Whitehat1963: The last 30(!) moves are amazing!
May-16-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Marshall vs G Marco, 1904.
Your score: 173 (par = 128)


May-16-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Now that's a swindle.
Aug-02-12  Cemoblanca: The quality of this Scotch is getting better year by year! ;0)
Dec-24-12  master of defence: What happens after 19...Nxe1?
Jul-28-13  bengalcat47: This game appears in Reinfeld's book Chess Strategy and Tactics under the title "A Typical Marshall 'Swindle'."
Dec-11-14  Xonatron: What do the 7-piece endgame tablebases say after 56. Nxb2?
Mar-14-16  RandomVisitor: After 45.c6

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<-250.00/32 45...bxc6> 46.Rxc7+ Kb8 47.Rf7 b2 48.Rf8+ Ka7 49.Rf1 Ra1 50.Rf7+ Kb6 51.Nd8 Ra7 52.Rf1 Ra2 53.Rb1 Ra1 54.Rxb2+ Bxb2 55.Nf7 c5 56.Nd6 c4 57.g4 Kc5 58.Ne4+ Kd5 59.Ng3 c3 60.Nf5 Ke4 61.Nd6+ Kd3 62.Nb7 c2 63.Nc5+ Kc4 64.Nd7 c1Q 65.Kf3 Ra3+ 66.Ke4 Qc2+ 67.Kf4 Qd2+ 68.Kf5 Qxd7+ 69.Kg6 Qxg4+

-250.00/32 45...Kb8 46.Rxc7 bxc6 47.Rf7 b2 48.Rf8+ Ka7 49.Rf1 Ra1 50.Rf7+ Kb6 51.Nd8 b1Q 52.Rb7+ Kc5 53.Rxb1 Rxb1 54.h3 Kd5 55.Nf7 Bd4 56.Ng5 c5 57.Kf3 Rb3+ 58.Kg2 Be5 59.g4 Rb2+ 60.Kf1 Rb1+ 61.Ke2 c4 62.Nf3 c3 63.Kd3 Rb2 64.Ng1 Rd2+ 65.Ke3 Bd4+ 66.Kf3 Bxg1 67.h4

-15.48/32 45...Ra2+ 46.Kf3 bxc6 47.Rxc7+ Kb8 48.Rxc6 b2 49.Rb6+ Ka7 50.Rb3 Ra1 51.Nc7 b1Q 52.Rxb1 Rxb1 53.Nd5 Kb7 54.Ne3 Kc6 55.Nf5 Kd7 56.Nh6 Ke6 57.Ng4 Rb3 58.Ke4 Rb4+ 59.Kf3 Rb1 60.Ne3 Be5 61.Ng4 Rb2 62.Ke4 Rb5 63.Ne3 Rb4+ 64.Kd3 Rb2 65.Nc2 Rb1 66.Ne3 Rb3+ 67.Ke4 Kd6

Mar-14-16  RandomVisitor: After 62.g4

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<0.00/39 62...Ke5> 63.Nd3+ Kf6 64.Nc1 Ba3 65.Nd3 c2 66.Ke3 c1Q+ 67.Nxc1

Mar-14-16  RandomVisitor: After 19.f5

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<-3.78/29 19...Nf2+> 20.Rxf2 Bxf2 21.Bg5 Qd7 22.Bh6 0-0-0 23.fxe6 fxe6 24.Qxd7+ Rxd7 25.Rxe6 Rff7 26.Re8+ Rd8 27.Re2 Rg8 28.g3 Rf6 29.Bd2 Bxg3 30.hxg3 Rf1+ 31.Kg2 Rxb1 32.Re7 h5 33.Bh6 h4 34.Rg7 Rh8 35.Rg6 h3+ 36.Kh2 Ra1 37.a5 Re1 38.c4 Kd7 39.Rf6 Rb1 40.c5 d5

Mar-14-16  RandomVisitor: After 65.Nc2

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<0.00/44 65...Ke6> 66.h5 Kf7 67.Ne3 Kg7 68.g6 Bc5 69.Kf3 Bf8 70.Kf4 Be7 71.Ke4 Bf8 72.Kd3 c2 73.Nxc2

Sep-19-17  Magnus Kasparov: Definitely the greatest endgame swindle ever played.
Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 65...Bg7 draws; 66. h5 is mate in 30 moves.
Jul-08-18  Whitehat1963: Stockfish says: -0.73 (24 ply) 32...Rxf1 33.Kxf1 Kf6 34.Kf2 Kf5 35.Kf3 Bc1 36.Kf2 e5 37.Kf3 e4+ 38.Ke2 Kg4 39.c4 Kh3 40.Nc3 e3 41.b5 Kxh2 42.Kf3 Bd2 43.Ne4 axb5 44.axb5 Kg1 45.Nxd2 exd2 46.Ke2 Kg2 47.Kxd2
Jan-11-19  HarryP: A marvelously entertaining game.
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  OrangeTulip: An highly entertaining game, indeed!
Jan-27-19  Ruminator: I was playing over this game in Andy Soltis's work, 'Frank Marshall, United States Chess Champion.' His comment after 56.N:b2 was priceless. "Some kind of miracle has occurred." He also mentioned that after 65. . . . Ke4, Black is lost and that if Marco had played 65 . . . Ke6, he could have still drawn. A great game by Marshall.
Jan-17-23  generror: Truly an awesome swindle. I love these kind of stuff! Someone said this game is awful, maybe (I haven't let Stockfish dissect it), but moves 44 to 56 just make it wonderful.

Another someone asked what tablebases say about the position after <56.Nxb2>. I have no idea, but I am very sure this is won for white. Harass the black pawn with the knight to keep the black king occupied, all the while advancing your two connected passed pawns, preventing the king to come in their way. I think even I could do it.

(I have recently spent a few hours learning basic pawn endgames, and I can assure you it's pretty cool stuff.)

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  Art2000F: YouTube video with analysis ~

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  GrahamClayton: <TheSlid>
As "tired and emotional" as Delia Smith at half time during Norwich City 2-3 Manchester City, for instance.


Jul-10-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: <Tess> this game has no Qg6 or Qg3...
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